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"Whoever the next president is and whatever party they are from, we aspire, we are anxious, that 2009 start with a new level of relations," Chavez said from an oilfield close to the Orinoco River.
In the past, Chavez has said a victory for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the November election could worsen relations between the two countries.
All candidates are wary of the outspoken critic of U.S foreign policy, although Democrat Barack Obama has said he could meet with him.
"We are not a danger to the United States, for the love of God, completely the opposite," Chavez said.
In recent weeks, Chavez has accused the United States of fomenting separatist movements from Tibet to Bolivia.
Some U.S. lawmakers are lobbying to have Venezuela placed on a list of countries that support terrorism because of good relations with Iran and accused links to Colombian guerrillas.
Originally posted by Anti-Tyrant
So a country "with good relations to Iran" is now being lobbied for the terror list.?